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Metro Hartford Future is an initiative to develop a strategy to guide the region’s economic development efforts. CRCOG is leading this effort in partnership with the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and the MetroHartford Alliance. The Metro Hartford Future planning process will involve four primary tasks:

  • Goal-Setting: Build consensus around the need for accelerating inclusive/equitable economic growth; that is raising incomes across the income distribution with particular attention to opportunities for engaging those who have often been left behind.
  • Situational Analysis: Do a clear-eyed assessment of our situation: who, what, where to identify opportunities that we should be pursuing as a metropolitan region (i.e., SWOT with an emphasis on context and opportunities).
  • Strategic Planning: Formulate a limited number of “game changer” strategies that will move the trajectory of inclusive economic growth in the right direction.
  • Capacity-Building: Identify organizational forms and collaborations that we will need to implement and sustain the strategies over time.

This effort will also result in a new Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the region, which enable municipalities to apply for certain economic development grants.

UPDATE: A final draft of the report is available in the “Reports” section.

The CEDS process is overseen by two committees. We have an advisory committee that is made up of regional leaders in government, non-profits, and businesses. Materials from the meetings are available below.

The final version of the Metro Hartford Future Project report has been published. You can find the final document below, which includes a new section detailing comments received during the public comment period. The full text of written comments we recieved is available from tmalone@crcog.org.

Metro Hartford Future Report (Final)

Metro Hartford Future: Appendix

On June 26 and June 26, we started the process of developing potential strategies that will be considered for inclusion in the final Metro Hartford Future Plan. The initial strategies were selected based on input from our Advisory Committee, stakeholder interviews, and reviews of previous studies and reports. We invited a broad group of stakeholders to join us for a series of focus groups to refine these strategies. That work is ongoing and will go through a vetting process with the public, private sector stakeholders, and our Advisory Committee. Materials presented at the focus groups can be found below:

Strategy Group Meeting Slides

DRAFT Situational Assessment – June 2018 (please note that this draft is unfinished and is subject to change)